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WORLD'S YOUNGEST TOP FUEL FEMALE FEELS RIGHT AT HOME BEHIND AUTOWORKS PARTS COUNTER

 WORLD'S YOUNGEST TOP FUEL FEMALE FEELS
 RIGHT AT HOME BEHIND AUTOWORKS PARTS COUNTER
 PHOENIX, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-year-old top fuel racer Danneille DePorter will be making a special appearance at an Indianapolis Autoworks store, 1004 N. Shadeland Ave. on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
 The special part of the appearance is that she'll be on hand to sign autographs and show off her new Autoworks/Exide Batteries Tri Star Parts System top fuel dragster. The usual part -- the part that surprises no one who knows her -- is that as an employee of Phoenix- based Checker Auto Parts (like Autoworks, a division of Northern Automotive Corp.), DePorter is right at home behind the counter.
 "I've always been interested in cars, and it seems like I've been racing for as long as I can remember. So a part-time job at Checker was a natural," said DePorter, the world's youngest female top fuel driver. "And yes, I can and will do it all at Autoworks, including looking up parts, helping customers on the floor or running the cash register. After all, that's one of my jobs!"
 DePorter's other job is that of top fuel driver. Currently eleventh in the NHRA point standings, she is fighting for rookie-of- the-year honors at the wheel of Paul Smith's Keith Black-powered '91 Hadman dragster. In this, her first year of top fuel competition, DePorter has already recorded a best elapsed time of 4.98, top speed 283 m.p.h., at the GatorNationals in Gainesville, Florida.
 Northern Automotive currently operates almost 700 retail auto parts outlets in the continental United States. The stores are known as Checker Auto Parts in the Southwest, Kragen Auto Parts on the West Coast, Schuck's Auto Supply in the Pacific Northwest and Autoworks in the Midwest.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Tybur of Northern Automotive, 602-631-7077/ CO: Northern Automotive ST: Indiana IN: AUT SU:


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